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BPM 318: Research Methodology In Project Management Course Outline. 1 Definition and Understanding Concepts : What is development; Research and development; Resources and research 2 Research Process : Defining research problem; Selecting the problem 3 Research Design : Experimental research ; Historical research; Operational research; Exploratory research; Descriptive research; Diagnostic research; Case studies; Features of a good research design. 4 Review of Literature: Understanding literature review; Use of literature review; Where to obtain literature review 5 Development of Research Instruments: Surveys; Questionnaires; Interviews 6 Measurement and Scaling Techniques: Nominal scale; Ordinal scale; Interval scale; Likert scale 7 Methods of Data Collection: Primary data; Secondary data; Data through schedules; Difference between schedules and questionnaires; Selection of appropriate method. 8 Sampling : Need for sampling; procedures (probability and non- probability); Sample size and its determination 9 Formulating hypothesis: data analysis tools; data presentation. 10 Research Ethics: codes of ethics and other ethical issues in research. 11 Writing Research project reports . REFERENCES 1. Joseph, M. (2007). How to write research and term papers: guidelines for selecting topics, conducting research, writing and referencing sources . Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatta Foundation. 2. Mark, S. (2003). Research methods for business students, New York: Prentice Hall. 3. Krathwohl, D. (1988). How to Prepare a Research Proposal: Guidelines for Funding and Dissertations in the Social and Behavioral Sciences . Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. 4. Uma, S. (2009). Research methods for business: a skill building approach. New Delhi: John Wiley and sons, Inc. 5. Designing and Managing a Research Project: A Business Student’s Guide by Michael Jay Polonky and David S. Waller. 6. Research Methodology by C.R. Kothari. 7. Applied Research Design: A practical guide; by Hedrick, T. E.; Bickman L. & Rog, D.J. 8. Business Research Methods; A managerial Approach; by Veal A. J. (2005). 9. The Ethics of Social Research; by Homan R. 10. Applied Research Design for Business and Management; by Page c. & Meyer D.
BPM 318: NOTES ON RESEARCH METHODS FOR PPM Introduction. Meaning of Research. Objectives of research. Motivation in research. Types of research. DEFINITION OF RESEARCH Search for knowledge A scientific and systematic search for pertinent information on a specific topic An art of scientific investigation An activity used to increase knowledge A detailed study of a subject in order to discover new information or reach a new understanding A process of thoroughly examining and analyzing the situational factors surrounding a given problem in order to seek out a solution or alternative. Organizations want to understand the alternative choice they have and then develop arguments “for” and “against” each. The best or selected alternative in a given situation may in fact not be ideal solution, as organizations face a range of constraints.

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